Monday, June 26, 2006

Kenya A Start Well Despite Nightmare Journey

Kenya A's tour to Denmark did not get off to a good start. The youngsters missed their connection to Cop from Ams, leaving them with a 20 hour wait for another flight. Their luggage was also left behind containing all their kit. Once again the tour sponsor, Torben Noehr, stepped in and supplied the team with a whole new strip so they could take to the field for their first match. He has shown himself to be an incredibly generous man, and cannot be thanked enough for the help he has given Kenya in arranging this tour.
Danish authorities also resheduled some of the matches at short notice to accomodate Sunday's local club league fixtures. This is disappointing - those fixtures have been in place for a while now, as has the tour. It should not have been left to the last minute to re-arrange things. Still, the important thing is that Kenya A have arrived, and are playing cricket. The new fixtures are yesterday vs Aalborg, today vs Esberg, Herning on Wednesday, then off to Copenhagen to play Denmark on Saturday and Sunday. An even tougher schedule than they had initially, but it seems they are aquitting themselves well. Batting first against Aalborg, they managed 192 in their allotted 40 overs. In reply, the bowlers had Aalborg in all sorts of trouble at 6/45. No further details yet on who got the runs/wickets or how the game ended. I'm assuming that we went on to win comfortably from that position. A good start to the tour on the field, but of course the real test will come against the Danish national team on Saturday.

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